People: Flint Bishop; Franklin Ellis Architects, BRM Solicitors

Sarah Wood joins the Derby based law firm
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Derby-based Flint Bishop has appointed experienced client relationship manager Sarah Wood into its employment law division.

Wood joins from Shakespeare Martineau, where she worked as a business development business partner.

As part of this role, Wood worked with key stakeholders to identify and deliver business strategies for profitable growth across multiple practice areas, including employment.

Prior to this, she spent eight years at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) where she rose through the ranks from commercial executive to senior assistant director, earning eventual
promotion to sector lead.

Wood said: “It is a real privilege to join Flint Bishop’s employment team, especially during an exciting period of growth. I look forward to working closely with the fantastic client base that we have.”

Partner and head of employment law at Flint Bishop, Louise Easthope said: “I am delighted to welcome Sarah to the team. She will be a real asset to the Employment team to ensure that we continue to maintain strong business relationships as we continue to evolve our services for both new, and existing clients.”

Chief executive, Qamer Ghafoor said: “This appointment follows a string of new hires in quick succession as we continue to invest heavily in our workforce. The recruitment drive is delivering very encouraging results for the business and is key to meeting the demands of our clients and in achieving our ambitious growth plans for our Birmingham office.”

Franklin Ellis Architects has welcomed a host of new appointments to its interior design and architectural teams at its Nottingham office.

The firm, which also has an office in Leicester, has hired five new team members in a short space of time over the summer.

Joining the practice as senior interior designers are Laura Carruthers and Viktorija Perry, with more than 18 years of combined industry experience between them.

A further three team members have been appointed to Franklin Ellis’ architectural and technical departments – Sam Taylor and Angela Scott-Parkin who both join as architectural technologists, and Sandra Petkute as a BIM coordinator.

Matthew Branton, managing partner at Franklin Ellis Architects, said: “We’re pleased to welcome Laura, Viktorija, Sam, Angela and Sandra to the team. Each bring specialist, in-depth knowledge and skills to Franklin Ellis, which I’m sure will prove to be a huge asset for the company.”

Denise Ellis, associate partner and head of interior design at Franklin Ellis Architects, said: “A very warm welcome to Laura, Viktorija, Sam, Angela and Sandra. 

 “Franklin Ellis has a significant amount of experience in delivering interior design and architectural services for large-scale hospitality clients and our new team members will play a big part in helping us to progress with the exciting upcoming projects we are working on at the moment.” 

Rob Cooke, Ellie Davies, James Parden, Kate Fowler, Ashley Wood, Giles Searby

Chesterfield law firm BRM Solicitors is expanding with two new appointments to its dispute resolution department.

Kate Fowler, joins BRM as an associate from Sheffield law firm Lupton Fawcett specialising in property litigation and bringing over eight years of legal expertise to BRM’s Sheffield dispute resolution team.

Ellie Davies joins as a trainee solicitor and upon qualification, will specialise in litigation and dispute resolution.

BRM executive director, Rob Cooke, said: “Kate and Ellie joining BRM is part of the firm’s ambitious plans for growth in Sheffield, where our business teams are gaining recognition for their consistently high service standards. The fact that we are rapidly attracting clients from both inside and outside of the region underlines that Sheffield is a great place to do business, and we are proud that BRM’s growth is playing a part in the continuing growth and evolution of Sheffield and its businesses.”